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Calculating the Length of Heating Cable You Need

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 14, 2017 12:59:18 PM

Determining the total length of heating cable needed for a project can be a challenge. With many factors such as size and space available to consider, the task can seem daunting, especially for larger projects with more infrastructure to consider.

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Topics: Heat Tracing Maintenance, Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Process Temperature Maintenance

Self-Regulating Heat Tracing Technology Provides Frost Protection Solution at Major European Landmark

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 12, 2017 8:23:12 AM

Raychem’s self-regulating heating systems are providing a unique long-term, energy-efficient solution for frost protection at a major European landmark. 

The weir at the Kachlet hydroelectric power station sits on the river Danube in Bavaria, Germany. Constructed in the 1920s, the weir provides flood protection by holding back the river water that flows to the power station while also providing the ability to release excess water in cases of turbine water or heavy floods. 

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection

How to Install Heat Tracing Cables on Different Types of Pipework

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 7, 2017 10:15:13 AM

Installing anything into irregularly shaped devices is often more than a one-size-fits-all installation. There typically are many factors to consider when doing the installation. This is no different with heat tracing cables. Depending on what type of pipe or other device you are trying to conform to optimal cable usage, a specific layout is typically required to ensure the heat tracing technology works properly. Below are five examples of irregular pipe shapes and how to install self-regulating or power limiting heat tracing cables into each. 

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Topics: Heat Tracing Maintenance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, Pipe Insulation

Managing Hot Surface Ignition Temperatures for Trace Heating in Explosive Atmospheres

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Dec 5, 2017 9:30:21 AM

Designing high temperature electric heat tracing systems in hazardous areas can be a difficult challenge, especially when process temperatures approach the area classification limit. This restricts the allowable temperature differential between what is heated and the surface temperature of the heaters. 

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, High Temperature Heat Tracing, Process Temperature Maintenance

Signs of a Cold Winter Ahead…

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 21, 2017 7:10:48 AM

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the dawn of another winter is upon us. The visions of fun outdoor winter activities can bring great joy to some while others may already be dreaming of next spring. 

The temperature has begun to drop and in some places, there’s even been snow on the ground. The question at this point isn’t if it’s going to get cold, but rather how cold it’s going to get. Whether you are a fan of the season or not, the reality is that the weather is about to drastically shift. 

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Topics: Winter Preparation, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Winter Safety

Four Ways to Reduce the Operational Cost of Your Heat Tracing System

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 14, 2017 5:57:12 AM

When looking at any project, two types of costs come into consideration: Total Investment Cost (TIC) and Total Operating Cost (TOC). TIC includes the cost for materials, installation and is typically incurred in the project phase. On the other hand, TOC covers all the costs during the operational lifetime of the system such as energy, maintenance and the potential for unforeseen shutdowns or losses of production.

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Topics: Heat Tracing Maintenance, Winter Performance, Winter Preparation, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing

The Challenges Offshore Vessels Face in Cold Climates

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 9, 2017 4:51:49 AM

Ever since the discovery of large quantities of natural resources in arctic environments, governments have been attracted to further exploration and development of oil. In addition to the demand for oil, the potential for minerals, fisheries, marine transport, scientific exploration and research are also increasing. Expeditions with vessels, equipment and personnel face obstacles that come with the harsh climate and extreme temperatures.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Marine Environment, Winterization, Offshore Environment

Five Ways to Use Electric Heat Tracing

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Oct 31, 2017 8:43:28 AM

Electric Heat Tracing is used in many process industries to maintain process fluids at the desired temperatures. A look at five common uses of heat-tracing applications can help users select the most appropriate technology for their application. These are the most commonly encountered needs in the industrial sector.

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Topics: Industrial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Pipe Freeze Protection, High Temperature Heat Tracing, Long Line Heating, Process Temperature Maintenance

Why is Electric Heat Tracing so Important During Winter?

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Oct 24, 2017 10:24:40 AM

Proper process temperature heating is important at all times of the year but especially during the winter. The extreme nature of the season can have lasting effects on equipment and the ability to withstand these harsh elements is necessary to ensure processes and operations in a variety of fields stay in motion.

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Topics: Winter Performance, Winter Preparation, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing

How to Prepare Your Plant for Winter

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Oct 17, 2017 4:55:40 AM

With the inevitable approach of cold weather, pipelines, vessels, instruments and other industrial  process equipment  will once again be the target of freezing temperatures. To avoid unpleasant surprises, make sure that your electrical heat tracing systems are in good shape. To prepare for the harsh reality of winter, follow this checklist to help you protect your plant and product against the elements.

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Topics: Heat Tracing Maintenance, Winter Performance, Winter Preparation, Plant Protection, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications

About our blog

Winter is a time to enjoy, not to fear the hardships it sometimes brings. In this blog, our Raychem Winter Experts share knowledge and tips on how to take the stress out of the colder days of the year. We specialize in keeping:

  • processes and operations running smoothly in industrial environments
  • buildings, infrastructure and the people using them safe from harm in commercial and residential environments.

No matter how extreme the weather conditions, Raychem winter solutions offer the best insurance for your processes and property against snow and ice-related emergencies.

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